On June 3rd, 2017, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will take over the HSBC Arena in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
The card features some great talent, including three fights that will surely be a treat for the Brazilian crowd.
Vitor’s Farwell Bout
Brazilian UFC Legend Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort (25-13, 1 NC) will take on American Nate “The Great” Marquardt (35-17, 2 draws), in a fight that will be the last for Belfort. After a failed proposal of a UFC Legends League, Belfort stated that he would have his farewell fight in front of his home country of Brazil. Belfort enters the contest after dropping two of his last three fights and having his most recent fight against Kelvin Gastelum ruled a no contest. Marquardt will head in to hostile territory after dropping his most recent fight to Sam Alvey at UFC on Fox 23.
Win or Lose for Belfort, it will be something special to watch as the legend who has done so much for Brazilian MMA lays it all on the line for the last time in front of his fellow Brazilians.
Gadelha vs. Kowalkiewicz (Co- Main Event)
In the Co-Main Event of the evening, Brazilian Claudia “Claudinha” Gadelha (14-2) will take on rising polish sensation Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-1) in what is sure to be an amazing fight with the winner likely earning a title shot against the greatest pound-for-pound female fighter on the planet and current Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0).
Gadelha, who has taken on current champ Jedrzejczyk twice in her career looks to get back in the octagon with her again with hopes to avenge the only two losses of her career. Kowalkiewicz has shown that she’s no pushover after going five rounds with Jedrzejczyk at UFC 205 in New York City. Joanna took the fight by unanimous decision, but not without taking significant damage for the first time in her UFC career.
With so much on the line, and a title shot hanging in the balance, Gadelha vs. Kowalkiewicz has the potential to be a knock down drag out fight that will no doubt provide high drama in front of a packed house in Rio.
Aldo vs. Halloway (Main Event)
Headlining the card is a battle for the unified featherweight championship as current Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo Jr. (26-2) of Brazil does battle with Interim Featherweight Champion Max “Blessed” Halloway (17-3) of Hawaii.
Aldo, who suffered only the second loss of his illustrious career after being knocked out in 13 seconds by “The Notorious” Conor McGregor at UFC 194, was able to get back on track by defeating Frankie Edgar by unanimous decision at UFC 200 in July of last year. Aldo, who dropped the FW Title to McGregor at UFC 194, was awarded the belt by UFC President Dana White after McGregor was forced to vacate the title before taking a leave of absence to prepare for the birth of his first child.
Halloway enters the contest on an impressive ten fight win streak, with his most recent victory coming against Anthony “Showtime” Pettis in the Main Event of UFC 206 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It has been a long time coming for Halloway, who finally gets his much sought after shot at the Featherweight Strap. Halloway hopes to become only the third UFC Featherweight Champion in the history of the division, but will have to dethrone a man who is arguably the greatest featherweight of all-time. Both men possess great striking abilities which should lead to an all out slugfest for featherweight supremacy.
The Brazilian crowd and UFC fans around the world are in for a treat as this event features bouts that have the potential to change the landscape of the promotion. It wouldn’t be too smart on your part to miss out.
(Pay-Per-View, 10 P.M. ET)
Champ Jose Aldo Jr. vs. Interim Champ Max Halloway
(Featherweight Title Unification Bout)
Claudia Gadelha vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Vitor Belfort vs. Nate Marquardt
Paulo Borrachinha vs. Oluwale Bamgbose
Yancy Medeiros vs. Erick Silva
(FS1, 8 P.M. ET)
Raphael Assuncao vs. Marlon Moraes
Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Eric Spicely
Johnny Eduardo vs. Matthew Lopez
Iuri Alcantara vs. Brian Kellcher
(UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 P.M. ET)
Jamie Moyle vs. Viviane Pereira
Luan Chagas vs. Jim Wallhead
Marco Beltran vs. Deiveson Alcantra